Roads Repaired in North Western St. Ann under JEEP

first_imgSeveral roadways in North Western St. Ann have been fixed under the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP).Member of Parliament for the area, Dr. Dayton Campbell, made the announcement during his contribution to the 2013/2014 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 21.He informed that so far, work has started or has been completed on the main roads from Orange Hill to Lower Buxton, Liberty Valley to Trysee, Philadelphia/Minard Hill, and recently work has commenced in sections of Cardiff Hall.“We have done patching to all main roads, namely: Bamboo to Brown’s Town, Brown’s Town to Runaway Bay, Brown’s Town to Discovery Bay, Brown’s Town to Stewart Town, Discovery Bay to Stewart Town, Bamboo to Priory, sections of Bamboo to Green Park and Brown’s Town to Alexandria,” Dr. Campbell said.He also expressed his appreciation to the JEEP Secretariat as well as to personnel in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing who have been responsive and responsible in carrying out their duties.“We must now move with speed to address Chester, Mt. Zion, Hazelwood, Lilyfield to FreeHill, Middle to Muirhouse Buxton, Benin, Goshen, Retirement to Keith, Seacrest, and Top Liberty Valley,” Dr. Campbell said.The JEEP is one of the strategies of the Government to respond to chronic unemployment among some Jamaicans, particularly those in the lower socio-economic groups, persons with special needs, as well as those with low skill levels.Approximately 37,000 persons have benefited from the Programme since it was launched last year.Contact: Latonya Lintonlast_img read more

Vancouver doctor says vendingmachine opioids a cheap way to save lives

first_imgVANCOUVER — A doctor whose focus is on public health says he will soon be dispensing opioids through a vending machine in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside in order to prevent overdoses from fentanyl-laced street drugs.Dr. Mark Tyndall says the machine that’s been created in Toronto would scan a patient’s hand for identification before dispensing a pre-programmed number of hydromorphone pills that are a substitute for heroin.Tyndall, who’s also a professor of medicine at the University of B.C., says the pills cost about 35 cents each and focus groups with drug users have suggested most people would need about 10 to 16 pills a day.He says the pain medication sold under the brand name Dilaudid is typically crushed and injected by people who may have previously used OxyContin, before that drug was made more difficult to tamper with following multiple fatal overdoses.Hydromorphone is currently provided through a limited number of Vancouver clinics offering supervised injection to those experiencing severe substance use disorder.However, Tyndall says rigid requirements that have people returning multiple times a day are impractical and expensive compared with his plan, which could be in the works within a few weeks as a way to curb overdose deaths.The Canadian Presslast_img read more